I discovered a very useful site several weeks ago and am just now getting around to showing it off. The Primary Source Learning site is maintained by the Teaching with Primary Sources Program Northern Virginia Partnership with a partnership with the Library of Congress.
The features on this Web site enable educational communities to:
- Browse primary sources that teachers have used with students.
- Teach primary source-based learning experiences from the Teaching Materials Collection.
- Design learning experiences using MyPortfolio.
- Share discoveries with others through field-testing and publishing.
- Use our professional development programs to uncover the breadth and depth of LOC.gov resources.
- Learn through primary source-based online activities and samples of student projects.
- Create digital documentaries using University of Virginia’s Primary Access or make a handout for students.
The site has three major goals.
introduce collections of resources and best instructional practices related to using digital sources in the classroom for teachers K-12 of all subjects.
deepen content knowledge and create teaching materials designed for sharing with other educators for teachers of particular topics and grades.
offer opportunities to share expertise and conduct reseach concerning how teachers teach and students learn with digital resources
You can get a sense of the sorts of things available and the ease of use by checking out their navigation structure. The site has a wide range of primary sources and lesson plans ready to use.